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Goalie gang: Longan, US women beat Canada 16-5 in quarters

Goalie gang: Longan, US women beat Canada 16-5 in quarters

TOKYO — Amanda Longan knows the deal. She is one of the world’s best goalkeepers sitting behind the world’s best goalkeeper in women’s water polo.So she waited patiently for an Olympic debut that she knew might never come. She was active for two U.S. games in group play, but didn’t get in. Coach Adam Krikorian put her back on the roster for the quarterfinals, and this time, it worked out.Longan relieved Ashleigh Johnson and played the fourth quarter as the U.S. rolled into the semifinals of the Tokyo Games with a convincing 16-5 victory over Canada. She finished with three saves on five shots and an experience that she will never forget.“Honestly, I thought when I would get my chance I would be super, super nervous,” Longan said. “But honestly, today, I was just more happy and grateful to have that time than anything.”Maggie Steffens, Makenzie Fischer and Alys Williams each had three goals as the U.S. stayed in the hunt for its third consecutive gold medal. The Americans improved to 21-1 this year, with their lone loss coming against Hungary last week.The men’s teams from Britain (1908-1920) and Hungary (2000-2008) are the only countries to win at least three straight water polo titles at the Olympics.“I think it’s been a different level after that Hungary game,” Krikorian said. “This doesn’t guarantee us anything, but it was a little bit of awakening for us and just got back to, again, the fundamentals and just playing the right way.”Spain also advanced on Tuesday, eliminating China 11-7 behind four goals by Judith Forca Ariza. Next up for Spain is the winner of the Netherlands-Hungary quarterfinal match, and the U.S. will face the ROC-Australia winner.Longan quickly ditched her sandals when Krikorian gave her the go-ahead, and she shot Johnson a wide grin after she jumped into the water. Johnson helped Longan warm up before taking a seat on the bench to cheer her on.“It’s so cool. Like goalie gang,” Johnson said. “It’s always supporting that girl, seeing the work that she puts in day in and day out, and the way that we push each other and help each other grow in this sport.”Longan, 24, led Southern California to NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018. She also won the Cutino Award winner in 2018, given to the nation’s top collegiate water polo player.Longan isn’t used to watching someone else play — but the U.S. also has the athletic Johnson, who made 14 saves against Canada.“It’s weird, but I knew coming into this tournament that that’s kind of how it was going to be anyways,” Longan said. “I didn’t know when I would get my opportunities, I didn’t know if I would get my opportunities. But I just had a good feeling they would come. But it’s really weird, there’s just no way around it.”It could have been a tricky situation for Krikorian to manage, but Johnson and Longan have made it work with a relationship based on the talent they see in each other, and an overwhelming desire to help the team win.“If we didn’t get along, I still think that the respect that we have for each other would overrule the potential awkwardness,” Johnson said. “But we have a good relationship.”Krikorian had been looking for a spot for Longan since the tournament started. But he never had a chance during her two games on the bench in a group play; a tight 12-7 victory over China, and Wednesday’s 10-9 loss to Hungary.In Krikorian’s first Olympics as U.S. coach in 2012, he did not get backup goalkeeper Tumua Anae Tavana into a game — something he carries with him to this day. He called Tavana “one of my favorite players and people of all time.”Sami Hill played behind Johnson at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, and now Longan has her first Olympic appearance.“Amanda is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever seen,” Krikorian said. “But yet, she’s also one of the most selfless players. And so when you have a backup goalie like that and then you have someone like Ashleigh, who’s obviously phenomenal, but she carries herself with so much grace and humility. It makes my job so much easier.”———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Strong Pac-12 presence in water polo at Tokyo Olympics

Strong Pac-12 presence in water polo at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — Maud Megens is doing her best to catch up with some of her former Southern California water polo teammates during the Tokyo Olympics. The coronavirus restrictions make reunions more difficult, but there is one message that always works for the Trojans.“At USC, we always say ‘Fight On,’ so everyone I see from ‘SC we ’Fight On,’” said Megens, who is hoping to lead the Netherlands to gold. “And that means we’re family and we know that we’re here for a reason. It’s nice to have that family in the back of my mind. Even though it’s just a college, I still regard them as my family.”Led by Megens and a total of 16 current or former players from USC, there is a strong Pac-12 presence for the water polo competition at the Tokyo Games. While the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the home for the Pac-12’s big water polo schools, has supplied the U.S. programs for years, it also has helped develop key players for other countries.Megens, Tilly Kearns (Australia) and Hayley McKelvey (Canada) all played together at USC. Anni Espar (Spain) and Hannah Buckling (Australia) played alongside U.S. attacker Kaleigh Gilchrist when the Trojans won the national championship in 2013.Megens and McKelvey faced off Sunday on the final day of group play for the women’s tournament in Tokyo, with each player scoring twice in the Netherlands’ 16-12 victory over Canada.Australia’s men’s team has goalkeeper Joel Dennerley and brothers Blake and Lachlan Edwards — all Trojans. Dennerley won four national titles at Southern Cal, the last three alongside Greece driver Konstantinos Genidounias.“I mean it’s always great to see Maud Megens, Paige Hauschild, I mean all the U.S. girls, everybody,” McKelvey said. “It’s so cool to have gone to school in the U.S. and then met so many great players, gotten the chance to play with them and now get the chance to compete against them at the Olympics. It’s awesome.”The USC presence on the American teams includes Hauschild, Gilchrist, Stephania Haralabidis and Amanda Longan on the women’s side, and Hannes Daube and Marko Vavic with the men.“I’ve missed them. It’s kind of weird seeing everybody, honestly,” Haralabidis said of her former USC teammates playing for other countries. “I haven’t seen anybody for a very long time, so it’s pretty exciting.”Nine of Stanford’s 10 players suit up for the U.S. teams. Canada’s Gurpreet Sohi, the lone exception, played with U.S. captain Maggie Steffens with the Cardinal.”We see each other on the pool deck, we see each other in the village,” Sohi said. “There’s a lot of Stanford athletes here. It’s really fun to see them around in the village, different sports.”Stanford has Steffens, Melissa Seidemann, Jamie Neushul and sisters Makenzie and Aria Fischer on the U.S. women’s team, which is trying for its third consecutive gold medal. Alex Bowen, Ben Hallock, Drew Holland and Dylan Woodhead play for the American men’s team.It was an All-Stanford connection when Makenzie Fischer found Steffens for her 48th goal at her third Olympics on Friday, breaking the career scoring record for women’s water polo at the Games.“I think the biggest thing from Stanford, you know, I could take it right from their quotebook, is leave your legacy,” Steffens said after setting the record. “That’s something that stuck with me and still gives me chills to this day.”California has eight players in Tokyo and two coaches; U.S. assistants Gavin Arroyo (men) and Chris Oeding (women). The Bears are scattered all over, with Kitty Lynn Joustra on the Netherlands, Anna Illes with Hungary, Roser Tarrago with Spain and Kelly McKee, Kindred Paul and Emma Wright suiting up for Canada.UCLA has six players, including Bronte Halligan (Australia), and U.S. women’s coach Adam Krikorian. Halligan and U.S. attacker Maddie Musselman could play for the Bruins again next season.Musselman and the United States were off Sunday, but they won Group B when Hungary lost to China 11-9. Next up for the Americans is a quarterfinal matchup with Canada on Tuesday.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Ledecky, Dressel star for US; Japan's baseball team advances

Ledecky, Dressel star for US; Japan's baseball team advances

TOKYO — Katie Ledecky made more history for the U.S. in the pool. Same for Caeleb Dressel.And Japan won again in baseball’s return to the Olympics.Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle, finishing her grueling Olympic program with a third straight victory in a race she hasn’t lost since 2010. Dressel captured his third gold medal of the Tokyo Games with a world record in the 100-meter butterfly.The 24-year-old Ledecky became the first female swimmer to earn six individual gold medals in her career. She won two golds and two silvers in Tokyo.Dressel still has some work to do.The world’s greatest swimmer advanced in the men’s freestyle semifinals with the top final time of 21.42 seconds. But Dressel lost out on another medal opportunity when he had to rally the U.S. to a fifth-place finish from the anchor leg of the new 4×100-meter mixed medley.The Australian women added another gold when Kaylee McKeown completed a sweep of the backstroke events with a victory in the 200. Britain’s team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin claimed the gold in the new mixed relay with a world record of 3:37.58.Japan’s baseball team beat Mexico 7-4 on Saturday to win Group A in the sport’s first appearance at the Olympics since 2008.Former Central League MVP Tetsuto Yamada broke it open with a three-run homer in Yokohama, and Hayato Sakamoto went deep off former big league pitcher Manny Bañuelos. Yamada finished with four RBIs.Joey Meneses, a 29-year-old in Double-A with Boston and the 2018 International League MVP, had three RBIs for Mexico, including a two-run homer in the eighth off Kaima Taira.EMPTY-HANDEDNovak Djokovic is leaving the Tokyo Olympics without any medals.The top-ranked Djokovic lost his cool and abused his racket several times during a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 loss to Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain in the bronze medal match of the tennis tournament.It was Djokovic’s third defeat in two days and it came less than 24 hours after he was beaten by Alexander Zverev of Germany in the semifinals. That ended his bid for a Golden Slam, which is winning all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold in the same year.Djokovic, who also lost with Serbian partner Nina Stojanovic in the mixed doubles semifinals on Friday, played a total of 16 sets over seven matches in four days.He was due back on court later Saturday for one final match in Tokyo. He and Stojanovic were scheduled to face the Australian duo of Ash Barty and John Peers for the bronze medal in mixed doubles. But Djokovic withdrew from that match citing a left shoulder injury — handing the bronze medal to Australia.OH SO CLOSEXander Schauffele is 18 holes away from a gold medal, and the podium still feels a long way off.Schauffele, a 27-year-old American golfer whose mother was raised in Japan, didn’t have a lot go his way until he finished on a strong note, firing a 9-iron to within 3 feet for a birdie and a 68 to keep his one-shot lead at Kasumigaseki Country Club.Hideki Matsuyama is right behind Schauffele after the Japanese star finished a 7-under 64 in the rain-delayed second round and then posted a 67. Joining them in the final group is Paul Casey, who shot a 66 in his bid to keep the Olympic gold medal in golf with Britain.Justin Rose won the gold in Rio de Janeiro, marking golf’s return to the Olympic program after a 112-year absence. It came down to Rose and Henrik Stenson in Rio. This time, eight players were separated by three shots.SCARY SITUATIONBMX rider Connor Fields was transferred from the intensive care unit at a Tokyo hospital to a high-level care wing one day after a horrific crash during the semifinals of the Olympic race left him laying motionless on the asphalt.The 28-year-old from Las Vegas sustained a brain hemorrhage in the crash, and the Olympic neurosurgeon was on standby in case surgery was needed to relieve pressure on his brain. But the most recent CT scan showed no additional brain injury, USA Cycling said in a statement, and doctors are confident that Fields will not need surgery.The gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games, Fields also sustained a collapsed lung and broken ribs in the crash.IN FORMChina had another dominant day at the diving pool, taking the top two spots in the semifinals of the women’s 3-meter springboard.In a repeat of the preliminaries, defending Olympic champion Shi Tingmao posted the highest score over five dives and teammate Wang Han ranked second. The pair already teamed up to win the 3-meter synchronized event.Shi led the way with 371.45 points. Wang (346.85) and Canadian Jennifer Abel (341.40) were the only ones even close to the leader, stamping China as a huge favorite to earn its fourth diving gold in five events at these games.Americans Krysta Palmer and Hailey Hernandez also finished in the top 12 to advance to Sunday’s final, where the scores will be wiped clean and the final standings settled with another five more dives.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Steffens breaks water polo scoring record as US women cruise

Steffens breaks water polo scoring record as US women cruise

Maggie Steffens broke the Olympic scoring record when she scored four times to lead the United States to an 18-5 victory against the Russian teamBy JAY COHEN AP Sports WriterJuly 30, 2021, 10:22 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO — Maggie Steffens was finally by herself, all alone with perhaps the best record in women’s water polo, and she had no interest in the view.Moments after Steffens moved atop the career scoring list at the Olympics, the U.S. captain paid tribute to her family, teammates — past and present — and the women who paved the way for the sport’s addition to the Games in 2000.It was Steffens’ name in the record book — right next to a whopping 49 goals and counting — but she was determined to have as many people as possible join her on that top line.“As much as it’s definitely cool and I appreciate it, you can’t have that without teammates,” she said. “You can’t have that without a pass. You can’t have that without being able to play the sport with women who you train with and dream with.”Steffens took down the record on an all-Stanford connection in the third quarter of Friday’s 18-5 victory over the Russian team, helping the U.S. rebound from a rare loss to Hungary. Makenzie Fischer found a wide-open Steffens in the middle, and ROC goalkeeper Evgenia Golovina never stood a chance.It was Steffens’ 48th goal in her third Olympics, snapping a tie with Tania Di Mario of Italy for the top spot. Playing with a broken nose after she got hurt against China on Monday, she had four goals on five shots as the U.S. finished group play with a 3-1 record.“I think what’s more amazing about Maggie, and I’ve said this before, is not the goals that she scores and how many, it’s the efficiency in which she does it,” U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. “That’s the sign of a great player.”The 28-year-old Steffens, the youngest of four siblings in a California family with deep roots in water polo, had a breakthrough performance during the London Games, powering the U.S. to its first Olympic title with 21 goals. She pumped in 17 more during another gold medal run in Rio de Janeiro.While Steffens tried to avoid talking about herself after her record-breaking goal, her teammates had no such issues.“She’s a very strong worker, offense and defense,” said Stephania Haralabidis, who also had four goals in the win. “She’ll never give up. She’ll keep pushing, and if she’s not the one scoring, she’s going to create opportunities for her teammates to score. So that’s the kind of player she is. She’s so unselfish.”Steffens’ day and the convincing victory for the U.S. came in the aftermath of the country’s first loss in women’s water polo at the Olympics since 2008, a 10-9 surprise against Hungary on Wednesday.The rare loss — the U.S. is 131-4 since it won gold in Rio — led to some soul-searching and a commitment to the way they wanted to play, according to Krikorian. The change was particularly noticeable on the defensive side, led by Ashleigh Johnson’s 16 saves.“This is an extremely competitive group, and they don’t like to lose,” Krikorian said. “That’s part of the reason why we’ve had the sustained success, is they just take pride in the way they play. I think from frustration to anger to sadness to relief, I think we felt all of those emotions over the last two days.”Before the U.S. jumped into the pool, the Netherlands routed South Africa 33-1 to move to 2-1 in group play. The Dutch set Olympic records for most goals in a game and biggest margin of victory.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Italy wins rematch with US in men's Olympic water polo

Italy wins rematch with US in men's Olympic water polo

Italy rallied for a dramatic 12-11 victory over the United States in men’s water polo at the Tokyo OlympicsBy JAY COHEN AP Sports WriterJuly 29, 2021, 8:35 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO — Francesco Di Fulvio and Italy won the 2019 world championship in men’s water polo, establishing themselves as gold medal contenders for the Olympics. Then the coronavirus pandemic arrived.A year after the Games were supposed to occur, Di Fulvio sees a wide-open competition in Tokyo.“We are the same team. We do the same play, the same game,” he said. “But now, in Tokyo 2020, maybe, here can win, in my opinion, six, seven teams. They improve their game. We did the same. So I think there will be nice games.”Italy played one of those nice games Thursday against the United States, rallying for a dramatic 12-11 victory. Di Fulvio scored five times as the Italians jumped over the Americans in Group A with five points after playing to a 6-6 draw against Greece on Tuesday.Five years after Serbia won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the reigning world champion, there is no superpower towering over the 12-country field in Tokyo. Just a ton of possibilities.“I’ve never seen eight teams, nine teams strong that can win medals,” Italy coach Alessandro Campagna said. “So every match is a fight, every match.”Campagna’s team is certainly among those medal contenders. Italy is seeking its first Olympic title since 1992 and No. 4 overall. It won silver in 2012 and bronze in Rio.The U.S. finished 10th in Brazil, but it picked up some momentum with a runner-up finish in this year’s World League Super Final that included a 10-8 victory over Italy. It then won its first two games in the Olympics against Japan and South Africa.Looking to strengthen its position for a possible berth in the quarterfinals, the U.S. scored the first four goals against Italy and led 11-9 with 5:22 left. But it couldn’t hold on.“I think that we should win the game,” U.S. coach Dejan Udovicic said. “We got a few times to conclude the game and we didn’t and they punished us.”Di Fulvio tied it at 11 with a penalty shot with 2:22 left, and Nicholas Presciutti got the game-winner when he converted a rebound with 1:40 to go. The U.S. had one last chance in the closing seconds, but turned it over.“At the end we had the power, we had the concentration and we had the passion to wait for the right moment to go in front,” Campagna said.The U.S. still appears to be in a strong position to advance, but it closes group play with games against Hungary on Saturday and Greece on Monday.“I think once you get to the quarterfinals, I think anybody can beat anybody,” U.S. goaltender Drew Holland said. “There’s lots of good teams and it’s the Olympics and we’re getting kind of to the nitty-gritty point. But again, build through the group play stage and be playing our best water polo for the crossover.”Hungary, Spain and Croatia also won on Thursday. Hungary routed winless South Africa 23-1, and Spain moved to 3-0 with a 16-4 victory over Kazakhstan. Loren Fatovic scored three goals to lead Croatia to a 13-8 win over Montenegro.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

US women's water polo team handed rare loss at Olympics

US women's water polo team handed rare loss at Olympics

The United States was handed its first loss at the Olympics since 2008 when it fell 10-9 to Rebecca Parkes and Hungary in group playBy JAY COHEN AP Sports WriterJuly 28, 2021, 8:42 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO — Maggie Steffens and the United States have dominated women’s water polo since the country won its first gold medal in the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.The world is pushing back at the Tokyo Games, and it remains to be seen how Steffens and company respond.The Americans were handed their first loss at the Olympics since 2008 when they fell 10-9 to Rebecca Parkes and Hungary in group play on Wednesday. The team had been 19-0 this year, including five victories over Hungary by a combined 66-37 score.“The game just doesn’t know who you are. The game doesn’t know where you come from,” U.S. goaltender Ashleigh Johnson said. “So every time you need to be ready. As the U.S. team, as the Hungarian team, you need to be ready for each team to bring their best, and Hungary brought their best today.”The United States was a big favorite to win its third straight gold medal coming into Tokyo, but it was pushed hard by China during a rugged 12-7 victory Monday. Steffens had her nose broken by an inadvertent elbow, and the captain sported a black eye and a small bandage during the match against Hungary.Even with the loss, the Americans remain in good position to advance to the knockout round. The team faces the ROC on Friday.“For us, we’re fortunate that this is just tournament one,” Steffens said. “This is bracket play, and so we’re going to have a lot to work on, a lot to get better if we want to be the team we want to be at the end of this, for sure.”Hungary trailed 9-8 with 2:28 left, but captain Rita Keszthelyi scored from deep and Parkes got the game-winner when she connected for a beautiful no-look goal with 45 seconds left. Parkes finished with a team-high three goals.The U.S. had the ball in the final seconds, but it turned it over.“It was a huge thing to beat the world champions, but we mustn’t believe that we are better than anyone else,” Hungary goaltender Alda Magyari said through a translator. “We have to take this tournament step by step.”The 20-year-old Magyari finished with 11 saves, helping Hungary to its first win after it played to a 10-10 tie against the ROC in its Tokyo opener.“We’ve had many tough games with USA in the past and we knew there was always a chance that we could beat them,” said Magyari, who carried her lucky teddy bear around the pool deck after the win. “Today, we’re very happy we managed to do that.”It was the United States’ first loss since Jan. 16, 2020, at Australia. It dropped to 130-4 since it won gold at the 2016 Games.It was its first loss at the Olympics since the 2008 final against the Netherlands. It had a draw in London, but it went 6-0 on the way to the title in Rio de Janeiro.“Wish we would have finished off the game, but we’ll learn from this and move on,” United States coach Adam Krikorian said.Beyond having some trouble with the physicality of China and Hungary, the U.S. also is struggling with its shooting. It made 25 of 40 shots in its opening victory against Japan, and then shot 36% (12 for 33) against China and 29% (9 for 31) in the loss to Hungary.“At the end of the day, similar to the China game, we had a really difficult time just putting the ball in the back of the net,” Krikorian said. “I don’t know why that is. I think we’re a little rushed. I think we need to settle down a little bit. A little anxious.”After Hungary closed out its victory, Canada rolled to a 21-1 win over South Africa. Gurpreet Sohi led the way with four goals.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Recovery key for water polo teams at Tokyo Olympics

Recovery key for water polo teams at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — Moments after the U.S. closed out a grueling victory over China at the Tokyo Olympics, Rachel Fattal and her teammates got right back to work in the warm-down pool at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre.Fattal and company have a saying, and it comes up so often in conversation and on social media that its importance to the reigning Olympic champions is clear.“Recovery never stops,” a smiling Fattal said after the United States’ 12-7 victory Monday. “That’s like the motto of our team.”It’s one of the biggest keys for all the teams in Tokyo, playing a taxing sport pretty much every other day for the bulk of their stay at the Olympics. Each game is 32 minutes long, and it features constant swimming, treading and wrestling for position with another one of the best players in the world.It’s a grind, and finding a way back to 100% before the next game can make a difference when it comes to securing a medal — or going home empty-handed.“I think the recovery is the most important thing during the training period,” Italy men’s captain Matteo Aicardi said, “because you have to load and unload, and the unload period sometimes is forgotten.”The recovery routine depends on the player and what they had to do in the previous match. The player’s position also affects their plans.”I have to do a lot of stretching after the games and between the trainings,” Greece men’s goaltender Emmanouil Zerdevas said. “But I think the most important is a bit of massage and ice.”The U.S. women’s team uses a variety of tools to assist with recovery, trainer Larnie Boquiren said.Cupping, a type of muscular decompression using glass or plastic cups on an area of discomfort, is popular. Bulky black Normatec sleeves — like a blood pressure cuff — help with circulation in the players’ legs. They also use Game Ready systems on their shoulders and hips.“It’s like an attachment, like a shoulder attachment that they put the sleeve on,” Boquiren said. “And then a unit, the Game Ready unit, pumps cold water in it, and it’ll be on for about 20, 30 minutes. … Especially if we’re staying to watch a game, we’ll bring that stuff with us and kind of really just maximize our time.”Selling players on the importance of recovery can take some time when they first join their national teams. When they’re young, they feel as if they can swim forever with no effect on their play.“So along the way it’s a lot of education and also kind of what works for them?” Boquiren said. “Like not everyone is really a cold plunger, like going in the cold tub. Well, if you’re not into the cold tub, what type of recovery is going to work for you?”Culture also plays a role. With the U.S. women, the importance of recovery has been handed down for years, so when players come into the program and see the preparation of players like Fattal or captain Maggie Steffens, it makes an impression.“When you come on this team, the older girls kind of just show you along,” said Aria Fischer, a 22-year-old center. “Like this is what we do, this is our culture, this is what we do before a game, during a game, after a game. So you get used to it pretty easily.”Fattal and Fischer helped the U.S. rally for its 12th straight win in the Olympics, surviving a physical test against China. Steffens was forced out in the second half when she started bleeding from her nose, but coach Adam Krikorian said he thought she would be OK.Fattal scored twice while playing almost 30 minutes, and Fischer’s goal with 1:00 left in the third lifted the United States to an 8-6 lead. Fattal also won the opening sprint at the start of each quarter, gaining valuable possessions for her team.“She’s an absolute warrior,” Krikorian said.Hungary played to a 10-10 tie against Ekaterina Prokofyeva and the ROC in the second game of the day. Prokofyeva had a game-high four goals.———Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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